race-day medication

Contentious New York THA Election Includes Questionable Endorsement

Presidents of five state divisions of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, collectively calling themselves a Philadelphia-based “Coalition of Horsemen,” have endorsed trainer Rick Violette over West Point Thoroughbred founder Terry Finley in a hotly contested election for president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. In a widely distributed email using the logos of the Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New […]

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Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations: Lasix Issue Already Debated and Settled

The following open letter was sent to the Paulick Report Wednesday from the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations regarding a recent proposal to phase out the use of race day medication: We have been asked to comment on the Press Release issued on behalf of the group of trainers who propose the elimination of “race day medications” […]

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Where’s the Reasonable Dialogue on Race Day Medication?

We live in an increasingly polarized world. Red State/Blue State. Pro-Choice/Pro-Life. Fox News/MSNBC. In horseracing, it’s been repeated many times that Lasix is our “abortion issue.” You’re either for Lasix because it’s good for the horse, and what’s good for the horse is good for the sport, or you’re anti-Lasix, because it’s bad for the […]

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Violette Says Lasix Ban ‘Archaic,’ ‘Barbaric’

In the wake of an announcement on Friday that 25 trainers, including several Hall of Fame conditioners and multiple Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher, support a two-year phase-out of race-day medication, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association president Rick Violette Jr. issued the following statement: “The position of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has not […]

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Arapahoe Park’s Race-Day, Medication-Free Incentive Program Paying Dividends

One month into Arapahoe Park’s pioneering Race-Day Medication-Free Incentive program has produced three bonuses that will be paid to trainers who have won with horses that did not compete with race-day medication.  The winners have represented two of the three racing breeds at the Aurora, Colorado racetrack—Thoroughbreds and Arabians. “We’ve made the program available, and […]

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California Bill Targeting Equine Medical Director Dies Necessary Death

Received an email the other day from a service of California’s state government that tracks pending legislation. It said simply: “AB-1154: Horse racing: equine drug testing: equine medical director. On 31-JAN-14 the following history action was applied: Died pursuant to Art. IV, Sec. 10(c) of the Constitution.” And so ended one of the more shameful […]

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National Steeplechase Association Approves Uniform Medication Rules

The National Steeplechase Association will adopt new medication rules after the Board of Directors voted unanimously in support of the Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication Program on Friday. The Mid-Atlantic Uniform Program rules allows for 24 controlled therapeutic substances to be administered to horses and includes recommended dosages, suggested withdrawal times and overage limits. All other medications are […]

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Lab: State Administration of Lasix Working in Kentucky

Since Kentucky regulators took over the administration of race-day Lasix in October of last year, scientists at the state’s official testing laboratory say the change in regulation appears to be doing its job. Although the rule change initially resulted in errors, adjustments in the administration procedures seemed to improve the process. Dr. Rick Sams, director of […]

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Jockey Club Round Table: Focusing on Integrity

There was talk about the new Fox sports network and horse racing’s growing presence on television, along with the outreach made by America’s Best Racing “brand ambassadors” affiliated with The Jockey Club, but the main focus was on integrity and medication issues during the 61st annual Jockey Club Round Table Conference held Sunday in Saratoga […]

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Are California Horsemen Obsessed With Lasix?

How important is Lasix to Thoroughbred owners and trainers in California? Important enough for the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California to say “no thanks” to a 2014 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park unless the drug (also known as Salix or by its generic name furosemide) given to horses on race-day […]

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